Do I have to make an appointment?
Walk-ins are always welcome and we’re happy to accomodate our patients’ busy schedule. Of course, booking an appointment beforehand guarantees availability and allows us to prepare your insurance for your visit.
How long does an eye exam take?
Generally, a thorough eye exam takes 45 minutes to an hour. If you plan on ordering a pair of glasses, plan for more time!
How often do I need an eye exam?
In the state of Oregon an eyeglass prescription is valid for 2 years. Children and patients with other health complications may require an exam more frequently.
How long will it take for me to get my new glasses?
It takes 2-3 weeks for our labs to customize and complete your glasses order. Once your glasses have arrived in our store, we will call to let you know.
Do you fill outside prescriptions?
We’d be happy to fill your valid outside prescription for you!
How much do glasses cost?
The cost of your glasses is dependent on many factors including lens options, frame selection and other customizable features. Following your eye exam, we will sit down and go over options that best fit your budget and overall eye health.
How is my insurance billed?
We are happy to bill your insurance for you. At your request, you may bill your insurance yourself and we will provide an itemized receipt to aid you in doing so.
Many people are cheered by a bright, sunny day, but the effect of all that sunlight on the eyes is a less sunny proposition. UV and glare can create a variety of issues, from dangerous “snowblindness” to irreversible disorders that threaten your eyesight. Here are some frequently asked questions about the role of sunglasses in protecting the eyes from harm. If you want to know more about choosing the right sunglasses, call Dr. Kwon at (503) 546-4460 today.
What are UV rays? UV stands for ultraviolet, a band of spectrum invisible to the eye. Ultraviolet light consists of UVA, UVB, and UVC rays. UVC rays are stopped in Earth’s atmosphere before they reach the eye, but UVA and UVB can both reach the eye and potentially damage it.
How does UV affect unprotected eyes? UV rays can cause proteins inside the lens to become opaque or cloudy, a condition known as cataracts. Cataracts can make interfere with night vision, reduce your ability to see colors, and make reading difficult; they cannot be reversed, only removed. UV exposure can also cause retinal damage, changes in the eye tissues, and a temporary but irritating “sunburn” of the cornea called photokeratitis.
How do I know my glasses will protect my eyes? Choose glasses that claim to block at least 99 percent of UV rays — UVA as well as UVB. Look for label reading “UV 400,” since this designation means that the glasses block UV rays as small as 400 nanometers, providing 100 percent eye protection. Of course you need to protect your eyes from the glare caused by the visible spectrum as well. To accomplish this, select products that block 75 to 90 percent of visible light.
What are polarized lenses? Polarized lenses are specially designed to filter out certain types of glare that tend to radiate upward from horizontal surfaces when sunlight bounces off of these surfaces. They are recommended for tasks such as boating, fishing, skiing, golfing, jogging, and driving. Most polarized lenses will bear a label identifying them as such.
What types of glasses can I choose from? We are able to provide you with a wide range of sunglass options. If you normally wear glasses to correct your eyesight, you may be happy with a non-prescription pair of clip-ons or wraparound glasses that simply fit over your lenses. If you’d rather not wear that much equipment on your head all at once, you can order a pair of prescription “shades,” or you can order glasses that darken when exposed to bright light.
What additional types of protection should I consider? If you worry about light, including harmful UV, leaking in through sides or top of your sunglasses, wear a broad-brimmed hat to reduce some of this exposure. If you use prescription eyewear to correct your eyesight, you may also want to think about getting a pair of UV-blocking contact lenses in your prescription. These lenses may be worn alongside a non-prescription pair of sunglasses for optimum eye protection.
For more information on choosing the right sunglasses, contact our office today.